Technology helping to change the experience at Hastings College

Published: Oct. 18, 2018 at 9:45 AM CDT
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Hastings College is changing the way they do things when students start the fall semester of 2019.

Every student will receive a Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, as well as curated set of apps to support learning in and out of the classroom.

This is one of several initiatives announced last month from Hastings College.

"This is truly their device," Patty Kingsley, director of IT at Hastings College said. She added they want students to use it to watch Netflix, to take pictures with, but also to use as a resource in the classroom for learning.

Kingsley stressed the importance of the pencil as a big part of this mobile technology initiative. She said a lot of learning find writing an effective way to learn and so having the pencil is a way to still do that.

Another benefit of bringing these devices to campus is that everyone is that your working in a classroom where everyone has the same device.

Some people wouldn't be able to afford a set up like this one so to be able to bring it to all students is a great thing, she said.

"I think there will be a significant cost saving to students."

Kingsley said the college is doing extensive training and development so that the rollout goes smooth, but she understands there may be bumps in the road.

Hastings College has done some extensive upgrades to make sure WIFI is available across campus.

Students coming into the college have never not had the Internet, Kinsley said. By having the iPads, learning isn't constrained to a classroom.

This technology helps support the other initiatives announced last month including the international travel component, as well as, change in curriculum and calendar.

Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio are all utilizing programs like this.

"They are doing it and are doing it well," she said. "We hope to be added to that list."

Kingsley said faculty have had iPad Pros and Apple Pencils since last spring and that Apple TVs have been installed in all classrooms in preparation for full roll-out in fall 2019.

She said some faculty have really embraced the new devices while others are still trying to figure out how they will use them.

It's an exciting time to be innovative in higher education, said Kingsley.